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Treatment guidelines

The choice of anesthesia depends on many variables including the complexity of treatment, duration of treatment, need for patient awareness and the response during treatment, only to name a few. In general, the clinician and patient should discuss the...

Patient assessment
Preoperative procedures
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Treatment guidelines

Removable prostheses should always be removed over night. Since the acrylic denture base is tightly covering the keratinised mucosa, it often leads to fungal/candida infections of the ginigiva under the prosthesis....

Aftercare / follow up
Fixed prosthetics
Removable prosthetics
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Treatment guidelines

At the beginning of the recall control it is necessary to define the intention of a radiograhical control and if it is needed. Radiological controls are only justified in the presence of certain symptoms, anamnesis and/or clinical examination...

Radiology
Aftercare / follow up
Peri-implant therapy
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Treatment guidelines

At this appointment, a careful evaluation of the patient's oral hygiene and soft tissue response is performed and adjustments made as needed. A daily home-care program must be customized to the individual's ability to clean the...

Aftercare / follow up
Fixed prosthetics
Oral hygiene instructions
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The objective of systematic periodic recalls for patients wearing overdentures are three-fold...

Aftercare / follow up
Removable prosthetics
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Patient health can change considerably over time - therefore at every recall visit, check and get updated information on general health of patient, and if needed adapt maintenance policy adequately. Information (for example a poster)...

Aftercare / follow up
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Treatment guidelines

In the rush to meet patient demands for functional rehabilitation, the importance of occlusion is often overlooked. A check of the occlusion should be performed at every visit from insertion onwards because many problems with fixed dental prostheses can...

Biomechanics and occlusion
Aftercare / follow up
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Addressing the patient’s chief complaints satisfactorily and meeting patient expectations lies at the core of all dental therapy. The best way to ensure that patient expectations are met or exceeded is by thoughtful listening during the diagnosis...

Diagnosis and treatment planning
Aftercare / follow up
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Patient compliance is a critical factor in promoting the long-term success of oral rehabilitation. The issue of patient compliance should be enthusiastically engaged by the clinician/dental practitioner. The practitioner may see a non-compliant...

Aftercare / follow up
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The use of acrylic or porcelain artificial teeth brings different challenges related to nocturnal paranormal function. High occlusal forces can be mitigated by wearing of a protective occlusal guard. Acrylic teeth may wear over time and/or become dislodged from...

Aftercare / follow up
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All tissue surfaces, prosthesis surfaces and implant surfaces should be accessible by oral hygiene aids like toothbrushes, interdental brushes and dental floss or dental tape. It is paramount that, during treatment planning...

Aftercare / follow up
Fixed prosthetics
Oral hygiene instructions
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Treatment guidelines

Whenever possible, provisional restorations should be fabricated to simulate the desired definitive prosthesis in form, albeit with different and less durable materials. The lessened durability and functional capacity of a provisional restoration...

Immediate loading / provisionalization
Aftercare / follow up
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Because many patients are anticipating an ideal esthetic and functional outcome, proper preparation of the patient’s expectations during the treatment planning phase is imperative. Afterwards during treatment and follow-up, occasionally...

Aftercare / follow up
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Treatment guidelines

The regular recall control appointment, at least every 6 months, should comprise a hygiene check by the dental/oral hygienist or other auxiliary, and include professional cleaning of the restoration, prosthetic components, sulcus and any...

Aftercare / follow up
Fixed prosthetics
Oral hygiene instructions
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At post-placement visits, the same factors evaluated carefully at the placement appointment should be reviewed and adjusted where necessary. Overdenture base fit, extensions, occlusion, esthetics, function, comfort and overall patient...

Implant prosthetics
Aftercare / follow up
Removable prosthetics